DRAKE DOMINATES WITH ‘VIEWS’

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Drake’s fourth album ‘Views’, arrives on the wave of huge crossover hits ‘Hotline Bling’ and ‘One Dance’, with a running time of 81 minutes – Drake’s longest yet, this is set to be his biggest album to date. Originally titled ‘Views From The 6’ after his nickname for Toronto, his hometown is a recurring theme, as it’s influence is noted through many songs like ‘Still here’ stating “Blew up and I’m in the city still, I’m still here, dog,”.

The Toronto rapper and singer got his big break in 2009, back when describing someone as both a rapper and a singer still seemed like a way to undermine his credibility. However that didn’t stop him, as his new album gained wild chart and sales success. On the cover he poses high up on Toronto’s CN Tower—an image of loneliness at the top. “All of my ‘let’s just be friends’ are friends I don’t have anymore,” he croons on “Keep the Family Close,” one of the many songs on the album which function as autopsies for relationships past. Maybe there was something there? Probably not, he concludes, comparing a certain woman to a Chrysler designed to fool passersby into thinking it’s a Bentley.

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FIFTH HARMONY AND 7/27

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7/27 is the second studio album by American girl group Fifth Harmony and was released on May 27, 2016, by Syco Music and Epic Records. The album is the follow-up to their 2015 debut studio album Reflection. While debut album Reflection was a mixed bag in terms of styles, 7/27 is a cleverly structured collection. It’s been some time since an American girl group have managed to captivate a global audience, but Fifth Harmony are already well on their way to being the rightful successors. The uptempo numbers pop off with confidence, while the slower tracks barely detract from the overall energy of the record. There’s sass, there’s vulnerability, there’s sexiness; it draws upon all the emotions a great pop album craves.

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BEYONCÉ DOES IT AGAIN

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Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer Beyoncé, released on April 23, 2016, by Parkwood Entertainment and distributed through Columbia Records. The record is Beyoncé’s second “visual album”, following her eponymous 2013 record. Beyoncé dropped Lemonade right after her HBO special – which was definitely another “world, stop” moments that she’s made her specialty. The public spectacle, however didn’t  hide the intimate anguish in the music, especially in the powerhouse first half. She begins as a supplicant in “Pray You Can Hear Me,” alone with her wounded heart, and then explodes in “Hold Up

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